7 die in floods as 20,000 flee their homes

The Myanmar Times - - World -

FLOODS rav­aged the state of Louisiana, leav­ing seven peo­ple dead and thou­sands more forced to flee the ris­ing wa­ters fol­low­ing days of cat­a­strophic rain­storms.

More than 20,000 peo­ple had to evac­u­ate their homes and as many as 10,000 were liv­ing in emer­gency shel­ters, of­fi­cials said on Au­gust 15, af­ter rains pum­melled much of south­ern Louisiana, start­ing on Au­gust 11.

Over the week­end, rain ac­cu­mu­la­tions to­talled more than 50 cen­time­tres (19.6 inches) in five parts of the New Or­leans and Baton Rouge area.

A spokesper­son for Louisiana gov­er­nor John Bel Ed­wards, Shauna Sanford, said seven peo­ple have been killed in the floods. Some 40,000 homes and busi­ness were re­ported with­out power.

The White House de­clared four parishes – equiv­a­lent to coun­ties in other states – ma­jor disas­ter ar­eas.

“I fully ex­pect that more parishes will be added to the dec­la­ra­tion on a rolling ba­sis,” Mr Ed­wards said in a state­ment in which he called the flood­ing “un­prece­dented”.

Tele­vi­sion im­ages showed res­i­den­tial ar­eas cov­ered in sev­eral me­tres of wa­ter, with cars and homes par­tially sub­merged. –

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